Alcatel Vision Review – The Mobile VR Headset That Doesn’t Need a Phone

There are many virtual reality headsets out on the market that makes themselves compatible with many smartphone types, but the Alcatel Vision has other plans in mind. This particular headset doesn’t need a phone to function. It has its own battery pack and its own display. It is able to offer VR games, movies, and other content without the need to be paired with any other device. While it is a smart way to go about VR technology for mobile, it is still very much a flawed design.

Alcatel Vision Review - The Mobile VR Headset That Doesn't Need a Phone

The Alcatel Vision is Smart, But Flawed

One look at the Alcatel Vision and you will immediately think that this is a brand new way to experience virtual reality. It is more ergonomic than what many of its rivals have in store for users. It doesn’t make use of any straps to secure the device onto your eye sockets. Instead, it has two bars that have a backward arc over your head and these contain two padded portion that will rest just above your neck.

This particular design offering serves two purposes: one is that it will be able to distribute weight evenly, and the other is for the battery housing that stores a 3,000mAh pack. With this kind of battery power, you will be able to enjoy the entire mobile VR experience for as much as 3-hours. This is enough time to watch one Lord of the Rings movie, but not the extended cuts.

You might be wondering, if there is no phone needed to be placed inside the Vision, then how does it work? Well, in truth, there’s basically a smartphone inside of it as it is powered by an octa-processor which is mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. For connectivity options, you will get Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE. It also has an array of sensors, which are an accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity sensors.

The entire unit runs on a version of Android Marshmallow. For the visuals, you will be able to enjoy them behind two 3.8-inch AMOLED displays. Each of these screens dish out 1,080 x 1,020 resolution. When combined, they give out a resolution of 2,160 x 2,040 pixels.

Even though just about everything found within the Alcatel Vision looks really good on paper, and the design can even be tempting to just go up right at it and buy the unit, the overall performance is actually not on par with some other VR headsets on the market.


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